Roger Gadd was born near Manchester in 1961 but has lived in Sunderland since 1986. He has always painted landscapes and has tried to develop his skills over the years at many classes and courses. Many of his paintings are completed on the spot as this encourages a fresher and more spontaneous response. Watercolours lend themselves to working outdoors and these paintings often provide the inspiration and reference for his studio work in watercolour, oils or sometimes acrylics, pastels or mixed media. A holiday in 1995 led to a love of the landscape of the Western Isles. Roger has returned ever since and always finds new aspects to paint. In particular, the colour of the sand, the rocks and the sea provide endless inspiration and challenge. It is impossible to do justice to the beauty of nature but he loves to try. Commissions and sales have led Roger to produce greetings cards and a calendar each year for each of his favourite islands of Harris and Barra.